I want to first thank you all for the work you are doing, and I hope everyone and their families are doing well as we head into this unique holiday season. The battle against COVID-19 continues, but we are making new discoveries and learning what will help us end this pandemic.
Welcome to the Superfund Basic Research and Training Program (SRP) Science Digest!
Below you'll find a compilation of SRP research, which provides practical, scientific solutions to protect health, the environment, and communities. For more information about the program, visit the SRP website.
You also can view past issues of the Science Digest.
Environmental factors such as air and water quality are important drivers of health and well-being. These exposure burdens combine with other social determinants of health, such as age, gender, education, race, and income, to create health disparities. As described in the 2020 SRP Strategic Plan, SRP encourages investigators to address environmental health concerns among populations facing environmental health disparities and other vulnerable groups.
Superfund Research Program (SRP) staff and grantees are committed to advancing research by presenting innovative findings, tools, and technologies to stakeholders in academia, government, and communities.
Hot Off the Press
From left, SRP trainees Meichen Wang and Sara Hearon Wang, and NIEHS-funded trainee Haley Moyer develop high-affinity sorbents to bind environmental toxins. (Photo courtesy of Timothy Phillips).
The SRP regularly highlights basic and applied research and activities from the program, spanning multiple disciplines. The SRP-funded research outcomes highlighted below summarize innovative research accomplishments that address current public and environmental health concerns.
Researchers at Picoyune, an SRP-funded small business, are developing a miniaturized, low-cost mercury sensor and applying it to personal exposure monitoring. The portable device is a good fit for testing in the field as there is no need for heavy lab equipment or carrier gas. It is also a practical mercury monitor for vulnerable artisanal/small-scale gold mining communities and recently won the 2020 Artisanal Mining Grand Challenge.